Rotarians put the ‘fun’ in fundraising with Coney fashion show

Cheers to a good cause! Cassandra (left) and Viviana Nativo raise a toast at the Rotary Club Verrazano’s fashion show in Coney Island, which offered a peek at the latest styles from Hyman Kersner and Son.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Who needs Fashion Week when there’s the Rotary Club of Verrazano?

The charitable organization put the “fun” in fundraising last week with its 16th annual fashion show at Gargiulo’s Restaurant in Coney Island, drawing more than 400 big-hearted guests who willingly parted with big bucks to view the fashions of Hyman Kersner and Son, an accessory and specialty store in Bensonhurst that has been spiffying up style hounds since 1927.

The theme of the evening was “Reach for the Stars, Help Make a Difference,” with Five Star DJ Entertainment providing the music, and a raffle to sweeten the pot.

Proceeds from the event will help organizations such as Gift of Life Italy in New York for children with congenital heart disease; the River Fund organization, which feeds the hungry along the Coney Island Boardwalk; Heart Share Human Services; and U.S. troops stationed at Fort Hamilton Garrison Base who receive turkeys at Thanksgiving and gifts for their children during the holidays.

The community’s generosity helped in more ways than one, according to Vincent Nativo, the club’s president.

“Each of their guests was a winner whether they won a basket or left the event empty-handed, as their financial support will have a positive impact on so many families,” he said.

Reach reporter Shavana Abruzzo at sabruzzo@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2529.

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